Magnification & Stage Simulations

If you are visiting this page for the first time it may be useful to have a quick look at the TechNotes which briefly explains the function of the "Magnification & Stage" simulations.

Looking at tissues and organs at different magnifications is what microscopy is all about. Teaching microscopes are usually equipped with at least x4, x10 and x40 lenses. Occasionally you may come across a x100 lens. Not all of the lenses are useful for all purposes - if they were, there would most likely only be one of them (lenses are expensive). Simulations on this page will show you what you can and cannot see with different lenses. The Help button of the simulation will open a little screen, which tells what you are looking at and what should be visible in the section. Well, here is your ...

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Tissue Types

dense irregular connective tissue

H&E

non-lactating breast

reticular connective tissue

reticulin

liver

cardiac muscle, sheep

Whipf's polychrome

The help text describes how I would proceed if I were asked to identify this slide.

nervous tissue, cortex, mouse

Giemsa

 

nervous tissue, peripheral nerve, cat

osmium

transverse section

bone formation

H&E

endochondral ossification, developing vertebra

Integumentary System

thick skin

H&E

 
Vascular System & Blood

aorta

elastin / H&E

The section also contains longitudinally sectioned peripheral nerve (visible at x4 and x10 in the right part of the section).

Respiratory System

trachea

H&E

The sections contains hyaline cartilage (not great, but OK).

lung, human

H&E

 
Oral Cavity, GIT & Digestive Glands

tongue, sheep

van Gieson / Alcian Blue

 

parotid gland, human

H&E

The help text describes how I would proceed if I were asked to identify this slide.

stomach, cat

H&E

 

pancreas, human

H&E

 

liver

H&E

It may be worthwhile comparing this slide with the reticular connective tissue (liver) slide available in the "Tissue Types" section.

ileum, human

H&E

 

appendix

H&E

 
Lymphoid Tissues & Organs

thymus

H&E

 

spleen, human

H&E

 
Endocrines

pituitary, sheep

PAAB / PAS / Orange G

 
Reproductive & Urinary System

epididymis, monkey

van Gieson

 

prostate, human

H&E

 

ovary, monkey

H&E

 

kidney, human

H&E

 

kidney

H&E

Tissue quality is better than the human kidney.


page content and construction: Lutz Slomianka
last updated: February 27, 2001

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